The WHO estimates that over 1.5 billion people are infected globally with soil transmitted helminths (STH-intestinal worms).
Interactive Research and Development (IRD), Indus Health Network (IHN) and Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative teamed up for the development of a School Based Deworming Program in Pakistan, under which Pakistan’s first STH Prevalence Survey was conducted.
As part of government engagement, a briefing session was conducted for the Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training. The Ministry was highly enthusiastic about the program and indicated their willingness to advance forward.
IRD is a global health delivery and research organization that works in over 20 countries. Founded in Karachi in 2004 and now based in Singapore, IRD has regional offices in Dhaka, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Johannesburg, and Karachi.
The IRD team leverages process and technology innovations to address global health delivery gaps, including health market innovations based on social business models, performance-based incentives for health workers, incentives for patient to access diagnostics and enable treatment adherence, and open source information technology platforms to allow close monitoring of patient care and program quality.